Analysis: Israel Facing Attacks on 3 Fronts, Strikes Back in Gaza and Golan, Awaits US Support at UN

November 11, 2012 4:29 pm 3 comments

Shrapnel blasted building in Southern Israel. Photo: Sderot Media Center.

Israel fired its own rockets into Syria for the first time in nearly 40 years after  Syrian  artillery shells hit an Israeli army base bordering a  civil-war-torn Syria, and the action came as more than 100 rockets and mortars fired by Hamas and other Palestinian groups struck Israel’s southern towns and villages closing schools and factories.

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded, two gravely, when the terrorists in Gaza attacked the border fence and Israeli forces inside Israel, and half a dozen Palestinians were killed when Israel struck back at the Palestinians who were trying to storm the fence or to launch more rockets into Israel.

Israeli communities throughout the Negev and as far north as Gedera were affected by the mortar and rocket attacks, some of which included heavy Grad rockets.

Israeli officials said the artillery shots into Syria were deliberately aimed to miss any targets, and were meant as serious warning shots to the army of President Assad which has been shooting at rebel forces near the Syrian-Israeli ceasefire lines.

Such sudden rising violence comes at a time when the  PLO—led by the supposedly “moderate” Mahmoud Abbas—plans to move to isolate Israel at the UN with a vote on Palestinian statehood this month. Abbas has ignored US requests not to bring the move to the UN General Assembly.

Several leaders of the Israeli Left had only days ago said that Abbas had given up on Palestinian claims for a right to “return” refugees to Israel, but Abbas subsequently retracted the remarks in Arab media interviews.

The sharp rise in pressure on Israel on two military fronts and on the diplomatic front is expected to be a sore test for Israel and for President Barack Obama who was re-elected less than a week ago amid promises that he would  not let Israel stand alone against threats.

But the new security crisis reflects the rise of Islamist forces, most importantly in Egypt where the new Muslim Brotherhood leaders boldly backed their kindred Islamist  organization, Hamas, warning that Egypt might scrap the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty if Israel sends land forces into Gaza.

“Egypt will not be silent if there is any aggression against the Palestinians,” declared  Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyeh, who serves as the Hamas ”prime minister” in Gaza.

His remarks seemed to have been scripted and timed together with those of Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi who made almost identical remarks in Cairo.

“Egypt will not stand by if there is any aggression launched against the Palestinians,” said Morsi, who is also a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Inside Israel’s security community, there is a growing realization that any deterrent value from the 2006 and 2008 Israeli military operations has  vanished.

Alex Fishman, the military commentator of Yediot Aharonot newspaper said that Israeli leaders would have to do something severe militarily in order for Israel to regain its ability to deter terrorists.

Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the author of  Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat published by  Threshold/Simon and Schuster. A former reporter, correspondent and editor, respectively at The New York Times, Cox Newspapers and The Jerusalem Post, he was  Strategic Affairs Advisor in Israel’s Ministry of Public Security and teaches at Bar Ilan University.

3 Comments

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Start using napalm.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Its the old story – Israel had been warned for weeks with rocket fire and sat and did nothing until four soldiers got hit – two gravely. Their blood and any die G-d forbid their lives is on the heads of Netahyahu. Why did it take this for Israel to strike back with ferocity? Why was Israel’s response limited to drone attacks when they are sending REAL ammunition right to civilian areas? You see, because the Israeli Gov’t cares so little about its citizens it was the soldiers who got hit. It is a wonder therefore that anybody agrees to serve in the Israeli army. Who the hell would want to serve in an army of cowards that has to worry about how hard they hit the enemy. This is beyond shameful – IT IS MURDEROUS! LETS GET A REAL PRIME MINISTER FOR A CHANGE NOT SOME F—–IN WIMP!

  • For every rocket or attack on Israel, they need to send 10 rockets back. Don’t play their one for one game. If they don’t stop them now with force then it will be an all out conflict soon.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Blogs Book Reviews The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    The Origins of Palestinian Refugee Relief Efforts (REVIEW)

    Romirowsky and Joffe’s book Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief is an important volume for those interested in truly understanding the origins of the Palestinian refugee issue. Utilizing a treasure trove of newly released documents, the authors link UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine) origins to the Quakers/American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). For those readers who thought they knew most of the Middle East story, Romirowsky and Joffe’s version provides another twist. The authors meticulously [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    Israeli Soccer Team Faces Prospect of International Ban

    The Israel National soccer team could be facing a World Cup ban, and other soccer sanctions, unless it alleviates travel restrictions and increases field access for Palestinian players and coaches. The head of the Palestinian Football Association is pushing for international soccer’s governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), to issue a ban on Israel competing internationally, claiming Israel’s restrictive travel for Palestinians is equivalent to a form of oppression. “It’s not only the athletes,” Jibril Rajoub explains. [...]

    Read more →
  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    Jewish Author of ‘Eat to Live’ Dishes on Health Care, Nutrition, Disease Prevention

    JNS.org – While the national debate on “Obamacare” rages on past the recent March 31 sign-up deadline, bestselling Jewish author Dr. Joel Fuhrman says the “current disease care model of what we call ‘health care’ cannot possibly be sustained.” “There is simply not enough money available to support a system in which the lion’s share of expenditures is devoted to acute care, with virtually nothing being spent on preventive medicine, i.e. health care,” Fuhrman says in an interview. “To make [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

    Read more →
  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.